Characters: A Song Of Ice And Fire House Baratheon
This is a listing of members of House Baratheon who appear in the Fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Visit here for the main character index.
For the main Stormlands entry, see here.
"Ours Is The Fury
— Baratheon House Words
The current royal house. A house with a tradition of being aggressive, they rule the stormy eastern coast. Their brutal treatment at the hands of Aerys the Mad made them the first to rise in rebellion against the Targaryens. The impregnable castle Storm's End is their seat. The Baratheon sigil is a black stag
, crowned since they became the royal house. The Baratheons are the youngest of the Great Houses (not counting the freshly-minted Great House Baelish
, which is only four generations old), and the house's founder may have been the bastard half-brother of Aegon Targaryen I. Robert's legal claim to the throne is through his paternal grandmother Rhaelle Targaryen, daughter of Aegon V. Their members have black hair and blue eyes.
Cadet branches of House Baratheon:
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- Badass: Not always, but the most notable members have been proud and powerful warriors.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Robert marrying into the Lannisters and Stannis with the Florents certainly does not help.
- Blood Knight: The Baratheons are known for producing great warriors and generals and for their belligerence.
- Blue Blood: Hous Baratheon is baically House Durrandon with a different name.
- Byronic Hero: Robert, Stannis, and Renly, each to varying degrees and with different results.
- The Clan: A spread-out and hardly communicating with each other kind, but... yes.
- Color-Coded Characters: All Baratheons are supposed to have the trademark black hair and blue eyes.
- Color Motif: The Black in Gold represents the Baratheon's dark side beneath their shiny exterior.
- Dragon Ascendant: Originally the Number Two to the Targaryens.
- One could say they were The Dragon to the dragons.
- Determinator: Deconstructed. They tend to be difficult to reason with, so their stubbornness causes headaches for themselves and others.
- Divided We Fall: Three ways. At least. (And, that's even if you don't count people who nominally work for some factions as part of the "House".)
- It should be pointed out that there's rarely ever been more than one male Baratheon in a generation. The last time there were two, the younger son joined the Kingsguard.
- Dysfunction Junction: The combined psychological and relationship issues among the individuals makes for a lot of miscommunication and barrier-building. It's the downside to having many big and stubborn personalities in the same room.
- Hot-Blooded: Many members of this family seem to be passionate with big personalities.
- Irony: House Baratheon is known for ultra-masculine men, with personalities as fierce as storms, bodies like brick houses, great battle commanders and warriors and the symbol of their house.....is a deer, a grass-eating, peace-loving deer.
- Stags can be scary, you know.
- Their sigil is more hinting at their agressive, stubborn, head-in-first attitude, as charging stags with antlers can be quite brutal. This is already hinted at by the relationship and behaviour of the brothers and in fact the first thing Renly and Stannis do is butting heads. Not to mention that a stag gutted a grown direwolf at the beginning of the series. Also the stag is traditionally seen as the king of the forest and its antlers as a crown.
- Large and In Charge: Another common Baratheon trait is a tall, broad, muscular build.
- Large Ham: Even dating back to the times of House Durrandon, subtle they are not.
- Lonely at the Top
- The Marvelous Deer: Sigil of their house.
- Metallic Motifs
- Robert is compared to the true steel (moreso before his loveless marriage and incompetent stint on the throne, however). Renly is compared to copper: flashy, shiny, but not much use. Stannis is compared to iron: hard and inflexible, but also brittle.
- Silver is still marked with the Baratheon stag to remind everyone they're still second fiddle to House Targaryen whose dragon sigil is stamped on gold.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Its usually a good idea not to mess with someone with "(W)rath" in their last name.
- Only Child Syndrome: Even more so than the Starks, there's a distinct lack of people in the Baratheon family; in fact Stannis and his daughter Shireen seem to be the only trueborn Baratheons left in the world. Ironic given how Robert has fathered so many children, with at least 8 confirmed bastards and as many as 16 illegitimate children, that his House may very well be in its twilight.
- With very few exceptions, Shireen being one of them, the Baratheons seem to have a tendency to produce only one or two sons, just enough to continue the line.
- Pride: Oh yeah.
- Rated M for Manly: Let's see. Tall, dark, handsome and muscular men, with big personalities, passionate determinators with a long history of producing great warriors and military commanders. Oh, and the hereditary title of House Baratheon is the Stormlord. Yeah.
- Revenge Before Reason: They are fiercely passionate about destroying those who are against them. Even Renly. But Joffrey, a full-on Lannister who tries to act like a Baratheon, takes this Up to Eleven.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: The differences in the Baratheon brothers' priorities and temperament causes them big problems.
- Smarter Than You Look: That boisterous Baratheon bruiser who looks like he likes nothing more than a good fight, a drink and a posse of mates to party with? Make the mistake of thinking that makes him thick, and he'll turn that around to bite you. Most in the family are actually damn intelligent and can fulfil the roles of Genius Bruiser or The Strategist when they so wish. Turning the charm on to make those mates of theirs dangerous is also an option for quite a few of them. Even if they may not always choose to do any of this. This pattern has a tendency of repeating in a number of variations down the line.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Baratheons are generally tall, muscular, dark haired with piercing blue eyes.
- Warrior Prince: Stannis and Robert at least.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Robert, Stannis, and Renly. But Stannis especially.
- You Kill It, You Bought It:: Everything the Baratheons have they got by killing someone else. Orys became Lord of Storm's End by killing the last Storm King, Robert became king by leading a revolt and Stannis gained the bulk of his army by killing his brother Renly.
King Robert Baratheon
Lord Stannis Baratheon
Lord Renly Baratheon
King Renly Baratheon, the First of His Name
The King in Highgarden
"The Targaryens called Robert usurper. He seemed to be able to bear the shame. So shall I."
King Robert's youngest brother. He is Lord of Storm's End, Lord Paramount of the Stormlands, and Master of Laws at the start of the series. A handsome, flashy and charismatic young man, he is very popular with the common people. Later, Renly refuses to support either his nephew Joffrey's claim to the throne or his brother Stannis's rebellion, and declares himself King since that he has the largest army in Westeros thanks to his alliance with the Tyrells.
- The Ace: Appears this way to the public, being handsome and charismatic. He's quite a Sleazy Politician, however.
- At Least I Admit It: It's implied that Renly feels something like this about his status as a usurper when compared to Stannis. Renly doesn't seem to buy Stannis's accusation of Cersei's children being bastards, and views both himself and his brother as equally wrong from a legal standpoint in claiming the throne. Based on this, he seems to think Stannis is a hypocrite for trying to mask his intentions with the story of being Robert's legal heir, and dismisses Stannis's accusations of Renly betraying him as baseless, since the actual allegiance he's betraying is to Joffrey.
- Back from the Dead: Subverted; the "ghost of Renly" that helped drive back Stannis' forces in A Clash of Kings was just Loras' brother Garlan, wearing Renly's armor.
- Badass Boast:
Renly: Tyrell swords will make me king. Rowan and Tarly and Caron will make me king, with axe and mace and warhammer. Tarth arrows and Penrose lances, Fossoway, Cuy, Mullendore, Estermont, Selmy, Hightower, Oakheart, Crane, Caswell, Blackbar, Morrigen, Beesbury, Shermer, Dunn, Footly... even House Florent, your own wifeís brothers and uncles, they will make me king. All the chivalry of the south rides with me, and that is the least part of my power. My foot is coming behind, a hundred thousand swords and spears and pikes. And you will destroy me? With what, pray? That paltry rabble I see there huddled under the castle walls? Iíll call them five thousand and be generous, codfish lords and onion knights and sellswords. Half of them are like to come over to me before the battle starts. You have fewer than four hundred horse, my scouts tell me-freeriders in boiled leather who will not stand an instant against armored lances. I do not care how seasoned a warrior you think you are, Stannis, that host of yours wonít survive the first charge of my vanguard.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A charismatic charmer in public, a sleazy Jerkass in private.
- Bling of War: He's as bad as Lorras when it comes to decorative armour. His intricate, golden antlers can't possibly be any use in a fight, for example.
- Bury Your Gays: Renly dies in A Clash of Kings.
- Cain and Abel: Renly and his older brother Stannis are mortal enemies, though neither one is truly "good" or "evil".
- Character Death: He is assassinated by one of Melisandre's shadow-assassin-baby things.
- The Charmer: As is noted above, people like him. His ability to draw people to him is a big part of what makes him a major contender for the Iron Throne.
- Corrupt Politician: As Master of Laws, he was the Seven Kingdoms' chief lawman and judge. He is also a usurper who knowingly broke the laws of succession.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a mocking sense of humor.
- Deconstruction: Of The Charmer. His charisma leads the Stormlords and Reachmen to support his claim based on superficial reasons, rather than following the law or assessing his competence as a war leader or administrator. The result is that the war against the Lannisters is fatally undermined because the Stormlands and Reach are riven by factionalism.
- Disc One Final Boss: By the end of the first book, Renly commanded an enormous war host larger than all other armies on the continent put together. It didn't last very long.
- Dumb Is Good: He believes it is; at one point, he claims reading is for maesters.
- Freudian Trio: With his brothers. He's the Ego.
- Hanging Separately: With Eddard in the first book, and with his elder brother in the second book.
- Hunk: Frequently described as a younger Robert: Handsome, as well as "tall and powerfully made".
- Hide Your Gays: Renly and Loras Tyrell had a sexual relationship. It was handled subtly, because most Westerosi feel that it's not their business what (or who) Renly's doing on the side, and Word of Gay was necessary before some fans would believe it.
- It's All About Me: Shades of this. His quest for kingship did not necessarily improve things.
- Pride: His biggest flaw.
Renly: I have it in me to be a great king, strong yet generous, clever, just, diligent. Loyal to my friends and terrible to my enemies, yet capable of forgiveness, patient-
Renly, laughing: You must allow a king some flaws, my lady.
- Kick the Dog: He mocked Shireen's appearance.
- The Lost Lenore: For Loras.
- Might Makes Right: When discussing the legitimacy of his claim, he's quick to point out that he's got the biggest army.
- Nice to the Waiter: One of his better qualities and reasons for his in-universe popularity.
- Pet the Dog: His treatment of Brienne.
- The Resenter: Perhaps not as much as Stannis, but it figures into his motivation nonetheless.
- Secret Relationship: With Loras, which they can't reveal due to prejudices against it. Several characters are hinted at knowing about it.
- Sleazy Politician: Is one at heart, although he doesn't appear like one.
- The Starscream: Instead of siding with his older brother in the War of the Five Kings, he decided he'd much rather take the throne for himself.
- Straight Gay: Although this isn't known to the public at large.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Stannis misses him for the boy he was and not the man he became.
- Yes-Man: His only role in the small council seemed to have been to just go along with whatever his brother wanted.
- Which probably didn't help to improve Stannis' standing with Robert.
- Young Conqueror: How he fancied himself.
Ser Gendry of the Hollow Hill
"I never fall."
The eldest of Robert's bastards, conceived whilst he was being fostered in the Vale. She serves as a guide on the rocky climb from the Vale to the Eyrie, leading trains of mules. She interacts with Sansa Stark (who is masquerading as Alayne Stone)
during her stay there.
"My father taught me to fight."
One of the bastard sons of King Robert, Edric grew up at Storm's End. Robert acknowledged him, mostly because his mother is Delena of House Florent, and bastards that are of noble blood on both sides are a bit more acceptable. Edric was taken in by Stannis in Clash of Kings
after he takes over Storm's End, and he has since then become friends with Shireen Baratheon, daughter of his uncle Stannis and his aunt Selyse.
Bella is a prostitute at a brothel called the Peach in Stoney Sept. She claims that Robert is her father.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Averted with Gendry, who she propositioned when he came to the Peach.
- Meaningful Name: Claims she was named for the Battle of the Bells, during which she was conceived. "Bella" could also be the feminine form of "battle" in Latin. It also means "beautiful", as befitting her profession.
- Daughter of a Whore: Bella's mother was a prostitute at the Peach when Robert hid before the Battle of the Bells.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Bella has the thick black hair of the Baratheons. Arya notes that her hair is like Robert's and Gendry's.
- Unproblematic Prostitution: Bella gives off the impression of being completely happy in her line of work and seems disappointed when Gendry doesn't respond to her advances before moving on to another customer who she giggles with.
Lord Orys Baratheon
Best friend, trusted advisor and rumored bastard brother of Aegon the Conqueror. Became the founder of House Baratheon when he defeated the Storm King Argilac Durrandon, claiming his ancient castle, Storm's End, and the Storm Queen Argella. He and Argella had at least one child together, a son named Davos.
Lord Boremund Baratheon
Lord Boremund Baratheon
"Lord Boremund was stone, hard and strong and unmoving."
A Lord of Storm's End and Lord Paramount of the Stormlands who died prior to the Dance of the Dragons. The World of Ice and Fire
reveals he was the son of Robar Baratheon (grandson of Orys Baratheon) and Alyssa Velaryon (King Aenys I's widow), and the older brother to Jocelyn Baratheon (who married Prince Aemon, oldest son of King Jaehaerys I).
Lord Borros Baratheon
Lord Borros Baratheon
"Lord Borros was the wind, which rages and howls and blows this way and that."
The son of Lord Boremund and Lord of Storm's End during the Dance of the Dragons. He had four unnamed daughters.
- Alliterative Name
- Arranged Marriage: Arranges the marriage of one of his daughters to Prince Aemond Targaryen. After Aemond was killed during the Dance of the Dragons, he eventually made plans to marry the oldest of the aforementioned daughters to the now widowed king Aegon II, but died before he could go through with it.
- Blood Knight: More so than his father.
- Character Death: He was slain by Lord Kermit Tully.
- Last Stand: Before being killed, he cut down the Lords Darry and Mallister plus a dozen more knights.
- Never Learned to Read: His Maester had to read any letters he received.
- Underestimating Badassery: He dismissed the young Riverlords and ladies who command the Blacks' host at the Kingsroad near King's Landing as no threat to him. They ended up killing him and crushing his army.
Lord Lyonel Baratheon
Lord Lyonel Baratheon
The Laughing Storm
Called the Laughing Storm, Lyonel Baratheon was a knight from House Baratheon who participated in the Ashford Tourney during The Hedge Knight.
He was noted for his skill in jousting and his booming laugh. When Ser Duncan was on trial, Lyonel supported him during the Trial of the Faith. He knighted Raymun Fossoway so that he might help Duncan as well.
Later in life he rose in rebellion against King Aegon V, outraged that Prince Duncan had broken his marriage contract to his daughter. The rebellion ended when Ser Duncan the Tall defeated Lyonel in a duel and another marriage pact (between Lyonel's heir, Ormund, and Aegon V's daughter, Rhaelle) was brokered.
- Badass: Like the rest of his family, he is well-known for his fighting ability.
- Boisterous Bruiser: And, funny with it. Some of his outrageous behaviour is for intimidation's sake. But, mostly... you get the impression he's greatly enjoying himself by getting stuck in.
- The Champion: To Dunk.
- The Charmer: He is known for his friendly and engaging personality.
- Dramatic Irony: Aegon V had promised Prince Duncan to Lyonel's daughter. After Prince Duncan refused the match and married Jenny of Oldstones instead, Lyonel was furious, breaking all ties with the Iron Throne and naming himself Storm King. Lyonel returned to the fold after he was beaten in single combat by a member of Aegon V's Kingsguard. That member? Ser Duncan the Tall.
- The Dreaded: A light hearted example. At a jousting tournament Lyonel had developed the habit of laughing the entire time he faced lesser foes and then tossing his defeated opponents expensive decorative helm pieces to his adoring fans as a souvenir. After a string of these victories most high born knights were terrified of challenging him to a joust lest they be made a fool of.
- In-Series Nickname: The Laughing Storm.
- The Gadfly: Oh, yes. Not just one to leave the puffed-up and pointless looking embarrassed on the field. He's quite capable of making them openly trip over their own misdeeds, words, oaths and promises, too. Can be oddly Brutally Honest, about it: a prince may be a prince, but if he's also a little snot, he'll be called out for that.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He championed Ser Duncan against Prince Aerion during the Trial of the Seven in order to save Dunk from losing a foot and a hand for attacking Aerion in defence of a commoner.
- The Prankster: When jousting any challenger he felt was unworthy to face him, he proceeded to laugh until he'd unhorsed them. In many instances instead of aiming to knock his challengers off their horses, he often aimed for his opponent's decorative pieces to knock them off or simply chopped them off afterwards with his sword and flung them into the crowd.
- Signature Laugh: His laugh earned him his nickname.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: He inherited the trademark Baratheon black hair and good looks.
- Trial by Combat: Participated in the Trial of the Seven in favor of Ser Duncan the Tall against Prince Aerion. Later he fought against Ser Duncan in a trial to determine the outcome of Lord Lyonel's rebellion against Aegon V.
- We Used to Be Friends: Aegon V and Lyonel were such close friends that they sought to cement their friendship formally by betrothing their children to one another, uniting the two houses. Unfortunately, Aegon's son Prince Duncan had other plans, and ran off to wed his lover in a secret marriage. Lyonel was so outraged at this affront that he renounced his pledge of loyalty and rose up in revolt. Thankfully, he and Aegon were able to patch things up again eventually.
Lord Ormund Baratheon
Lord Ormund Baratheon
Son and heir of Lyonel Baratheon. Lord of Storm's End and Hand to King Jaehaerys II, Lord Ormund commanded the Westerosi army during the War of the Ninepenny Kings. He was married to Rhaelle Targaryen (sister to Jaehaerys II), with whom he had a son, Steffon.
- Character Death: He was among the first major Westerosi commanders to fall in the War of the Ninepenny Kings, being slain by Maelys the Monstrous.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He perished in the arms of his son and heir, Steffon.
- Frontline General: He personally led the forces of the Seven Kingdoms into the Stepstones to defeat the Ninepenny Kings.
- Number Two: To King Jaehaerys II.
Lord Steffon Baratheon
Lord Steffon Baratheon
Son of Lord Ormund and Rhaelle Targaryen, husband of Cassana Estermont, and father of Robert, Stannis, and Renly Baratheon.
- The Captain: Of the Windproud.
- Character Death: He, his wife, and hundreds of his men drowned when a storm sank the Windproud in Shipbreaker Bay.
- Childhood Friend: Of King Aerys II (his cousin) and Twyin Lannister. They all met at court while young and fought alongside each other during the War of the Ninepenny Kings, although their friendships became strained later in life.